My 5 year old son wanted ice-cream on the weekend. He had already had a cookie after lunch. So I talked to him about sugar and what too much of it does to his little body. I asked him if he wanted to be strong and have a healthy heart. Does sugar help with that? No, he said. Does riding a bike help your heart? Yes, he yelled with a smile.. ...So we decided to go for a bike ride instead. What a great way to spend mother's day! Kids between 2 and 5 can learn about healthy habits far better than older kids, a new study from Indiana University shows, almost seven times better than older kids. Has anyone had some good experiences with preschooler? How did you help her learn healthy habits?View Thread
Promoting good self esteem in kids should result in a good self body image. Complimenting and praising your kids talents goes a long way. The other day my 5 year old daughter said 'my tummy is too big' . Of course I was really surprised but took the opportunity to ask her more about it. Then we talked about how strong and healthy she is. We also discussed how well she's doing in gymnastics. Has anyone else had this kind of experience with a young child? What did you do?View Thread
Congrats on being a great role model! It sounds like you are doing some good things with eating and exercising. Remember, your daughter will eventually do what you do, not necessarily what you say. I agree, to NEVER give treats/desserts is not a good idea. You can give these occasionally so she doesn't feel restricted or punished. But remember to teach her how veggies and fruits and healthy foods make her strong; hopefully this will entrench that knowledge for life! Also we will have a website coming up for her age group under "FIT' so you both can learn/talk about this together. If you are still worried about the numbers, you should certainly follow up with your doctor. He/she can go over it with you--don't be afraid to ask questions. I really think you are doing a good job- keep up the great work!View Thread
It sounds like you're doing a great job by paying attention to her eating/drinking habits when she's young. Kudos to you for being a good parent! As far as her weight is concerned, if you stick to healthy eating habits and having her move (exercise) on a daily basis, she should 'grow' into her weight because she is getting taller. Also, you will instill great habits that will keep her healthy for a lifetime which is REALLY important. And remember, kids learn what they see, so make sure you are eating healthy and exercising too! And don't worry about those parents who let their kids have treats everyday--your child will be ahead for her life if she learns healthy habits now...does that make sense?View Thread
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